Civil Rights & Social Justice

DOMA takes another hit

The Defense of Marriage Act was just dealt a major blow.
The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan ruled on Thursday that the federal statute defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman unlawfully discriminates against same-sex married couples by denying them equal federal benefits.
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MN School District Appoints Ex-Gay Therapy Advocate to Anti-Bullying Task Force

Today in the world of ignorance and pure stupidity we have the Anoka-Hennepin School District in Minnesota. The school district is now in the process of forming a task force, following the national attention to a string of suicides by students and a federal investigation that revealed the school did not do enough to protect students from bullying.
This anti-bullying task force will have a bully who will try to push hateful rhetoric in the school district’s policy. Brian Lindquist, head of the Parents Action League,
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New Billboards Stand Up to Ballot Bullies

Those kinds of bullies are at work in Latino and African-American neighborhoods in places like Milwaukee and Cleveland this month. They’ve posted billboards calculated to discourage people from voting, warning that anyone involved in voter fraud can be sent to prison and hit with a hefty fine. The messages carry no signature and the billboard owner says the “family foundation” that placed them insisted on anonymity.
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Latino and Marriage Equality Activists Unite

The kerfuffle concerning undocumented immigrants and legalizing same-sex marriage are usually competing and unresolved hot-button issues for voters heading toward the ballot box. Immigration advocates and LGBTQ rights groups have long tried to get their constituencies working together.
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MN Churches Unite to Oppose Voter Restriction Amendment

On the steps of Central Lutheran Church in downtown Minneapolis, the Minnesota Council of Churches announced that they were joining the coalition of groups opposing the constitutional amendment to restrict voting rights. The MCC represents upwards of 1 million Minnesotans from the following denominations.
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Shocker: HPV Vaccine Does Not Make Teens Promiscuous

Teenage girls who receive the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine are no more likely to engage in sexual activity than girls who do not get the vaccine.
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Celebrities 'Draw the Line' on The Bill of Reproductive Rights

In this video released by the Center for Reproductive Rights, a whole slew of celebrities join together in public outrage against the Republican war on women, which continues to push back a woman's right to choose.
The video encourages everyone to visit this website to "draw the line" and sign their online Reproductive Bill of Rights. Republicans won't stop their fight against women's health, so make sure you don't stop defending it!
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"Life's Not Fair" says Billionaire Bloomberg to Rejected Minority Students

At elite NYC high school Stuyvesant, just 19 of the students are African American and 32 are Latino. A number of groups have filed a racial discriminatory complaint, but Billionaire Mayor / King of NYC Bloomberg is not having it.
This clip from the Majority Report, live M-F at 12 noon EST and via daily podcast at http://Majority.FM
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Austin Police Department & LGPOA-Austin: It Gets Better Video

As a part of the It Gets Better Project and The Trevor Project, the The Lesbian & Gay Peace Officers Association produced a video with LGBT officers and civilian members of the Austin Police Department to reach out to LGBTQ youth who are struggling with bullying, harassment and non-acceptance.
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Report MN Hate Crimes in Lead up to Vote on Marriage Equality

In other states where marriage equality has been a ballot issue, there have been increases in hate crimes in the time leading up to election-day. These have ranged from vandalism of campaign signs to harassment and even physical assaults.
If you become a victim of a hate crime  or witness any such incidents in your community, please  file a report immediately with the Anti-Violence Program at OutFront Minnesota (see contact info below).
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